Ever heard or used this word before?

The word of the day is one most people have seldom heard or used: sycophant.

According to dictionary.com, a sycophant is a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage. Here's yet another definition I came across on the internet: a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.

In other words, it's someone who kisses up to other people in order to get ahead. How many sycophants have most of us come across in the workplace? Plenty!

There's a myriad of synonyms for the word sycophant, including suck-up, yes-man, lackey, toady, lick-spittle, doormat, and brown-noser.

There's no question that sycophants have no respect for themselves; they're willing to be putty in someone else's hands so long as they get what they want in the end.

Why not try to progress in life by virtue of hard work and merit? I don't know about you, but I refuse to stoop that low.

Had you ever come across the word sycophant before reading this post?

2 comments:

Barbara Purdy said...

Yes only because I read a lot

Barbara Purdy said...

Yes only because I read a lot